Micah 7

The Prophet Acknowledges

1Woe is me! For I am
Like the fruit pickers, like the a  grape gatherers.
There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,
Or a b  first-ripe fig which
Lit my soul
I crave.
2The
Or loyal
godly person has e  perished from the land,
And there is no upright person among men.
All of them lie in wait for f  bloodshed;
Each of them hunts the other with a g  net.
3Concerning evil, both hands do it h  well.
The prince asks, also the judge, for a i  bribe,
And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
So they weave it together.
4The best of them is like a j  briar,
The most upright like a k  thorn hedge.
The day when you post your watchmen,
Your l  punishment will come.
Then their m  confusion will occur.
5Do not n  trust in a neighbor;
Do not have confidence in a friend.
From her who lies in your bosom
Guard
Lit openings of your mouth
your lips.
6For p  son treats father contemptuously,
Daughter rises up against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
q  A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

God Is the Source of Salvation and Light

7But as for me, I will r  watch expectantly for the  Lord;
I will s  wait for the God of my salvation.
My t  God will hear me.
8 u  Do not rejoice over me, O v  my enemy.
Though I fall I will w  rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the  Lord is a x  light for me.

9I will bear the indignation of the  Lord
Because I have sinned against Him,
Until He y  pleads my case and executes justice for me.
He will bring me out to the z  light,
And I will see His
I.e. right dealing
,
ab  righteousness.
10Then my enemy will see,
And shame will cover her who ac  said to me,
Where is the  Lord your God?”
My eyes will look on her;
Lit Now
At that time she will
Lit become a trampled place
be af  trampled down
Like mire of the streets.
11 It will be a day for ag  building your walls.
On that day will your boundary be extended.
12It will be a day when
Lit he
they will ai  come to you
From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
From Egypt even to the
Lit River
Euphrates,
Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.
13And the earth will become ak  desolate because of her inhabitants,
On account of the al  fruit of their deeds.

14 am  Shepherd Your people with Your an  scepter,
The flock of Your
Or inheritance
possession
Which dwells by itself in the woodland,
In the midst of
Or Carmel
a fruitful field.
Let them feed in aq  Bashan and Gilead
ar  As in the days of old.
15As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt,
I will show
Lit him
,
at  you miracles.”
16Nations au  will see and be ashamed
Of all their might.
They will av  put their hand on their mouth,
Their ears will be deaf.
17They will aw  lick the dust like a serpent,
Like ax  reptiles of the earth.
They will come ay  trembling out of their
Lit fastnesses
fortresses;
To the  Lord our God they will come in ba  dread
And they will be afraid before You.
18Who is a God like You, who bb  pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the bc  remnant of His
Or inheritance
possession?
He does not be  retain His anger forever,
Because He bf  delights in
Or lovingkindness
unchanging love.
19He will again have compassion on us;
bh  He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will bi  cast all
Several ancient versions read our
their sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20You will give
Or faithfulness
,
bl  truth to Jacob
And
Or lovingkindness
unchanging love to Abraham,
Which You bn  swore to our forefathers
From the days of old.

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